Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Parody or Potty?

I've always been a fan of "Weird Al" Yankovic. Like so many competent professionals, he makes his job seem effortless. When listening to his music, you can't help but immediately think, "I can do that," which is exactly what my brothers, cousins, friends, and I attempt to do quite often. Over the years as popular songs and artists would release music we disliked, we would attempt to create our own parody of that song. I guess the intent was to try help others see the error in their ways for listening to such tripe. We would do this by imitating the artist and the way they sung and/or supply our own set of lyrics that usually included the name of our dog or simple potty humor. Not all songs fell under the category of ridicule, some just came about from what we happened to be watching on TV.

I'm afraid I can't take credit for these lyrics, although I wish I could. This was nothing short of pure inspiration conjured up by my brothers and cousins. The following lyrics are to be sung to the theme from The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Which was always Transmitido en Español en SAP).

I gotta get up,
I gotta get goin'
I'm gonna see a friend of mine.
He's tall dark and ugly
I love him because he's just...

Raider, Tusken Raider,
The toilet seat's cold
And that was pretty much it, they never came up with lyrics for the rest of the song. Which is what usually happened with most of the songs. Other parody classics we came up with included:

"I'm in a Hurry to Wipe My Bum" (Parody of "I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why)" by Alabama)

I'm in a hurry to wipe my bum oh I'm,
Poopin' poopin' til I'm all done.
All I really have to do is wipe and leave,
But I'm in a hurry and use my sleeve.

"The Poop Scoopin' Boogie" (Parody of "Boot Scootin' Boogie" by Brooks and Dunn)

Get down, turn around, go to town,
Poop scoopin' boogie.

All we really did to this song was change two words, but it now has a different connotation.

"Diarrhea" (Parody of "Mamma Mia" by ABBA)

Diarrhea, here I go again
My my, I sure have to take a poo.

Again, not much else went into coming up with other words to finish the song. And of course there's:

"If You Like Queen Amidala" (Parody of "If You Like Piña Colada" by Rupert Holmes)

If you like Queen Amidala,
And her big silver plane,
If you are into Yoda,
If you think Jar Jar is lame...

So yes, most of our experience as parody song writers were similar in theme, we simply used potty humor and some Star Wars references. Any other song that we tried to ad lib on the spot would just result in inserting different variations of our dog's name into the chanty. Needless to say, we weren't very good at parody song writing.

It's also quite ironic that I gripe so much about how much I despise blatant potty humor that seems to pop up in so many movies, yet it is the main inspiration of all our song lyrics. Maybe it's because there's so many things that can rhyme with words ending in, "-ee," and "-00."


J Chad Erekson said...

I personally like "Diarrhea," "If You Like Queen Amidala," and a number of others that have Dax in them one way or another.

Dustin and Maren said...

I make fun of Dustin all the time because EVERY song he makes up has "poo" in it. He says, "How can you not use it, it's the best word to rhyme with you!" Funny...but you're no Weird Al (my favorite on his has GOT to be 'White and Nerdy!')


Krahenbuhl said...

Andy! This is Krahenbuhl, awesome work bro- call me- 801.913.7324, or email me at, I sound like one of those jerks that posts random crap on everyones blogs...dang.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps when the new album comes out, you can travel back to SLC so we can see him live at the Utah State Fair Park.

Chad (not the brother)